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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Two Phase Flow Modeling PE 571


Chapter 3: Stratified Flow Modeling
For Horizontal and Slightly Inclined Pipelines

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


The mechanistic model of the stratified flow was introduced by Taitel and Duckler
(1976). Assumptions for this model are:
1.Horizontal and slightly inclined pipelines ( 100)
2.Steady state
3.Zero end effects
4.The same pressure drop of gas and liquid phase

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
The objective of the model is to determine the equilibrium liquid level in the pipeline,
hL, for a given set of flow conditions.

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
Momentum equation for gas phase:

Momentum equation for liquid phase

Combined momentum equation

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
The respective hydraulic diameters of the liquid and gas phases are given

d
The Fanning friction factor for each phase:

Where CL = CG = 16 and m = n = 1 for laminar flow and CL = CG = 0.046 and m = n =


0.2 for turbulent flow

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
The wall shear stresses for the liquid, the gas and the interface are:

In this model, it is assumed I =WG (smooth interface exists and vG >> vI).

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
From equation (1) gives:

Defining the dimensionless variables:

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
Equation (2) can be written in a dimensionless form:

=0
X is called the Lockhart and Martinelli parameter

Y is an inclination angle parameter

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
All the dimensionless variables are unique functions of

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
Example: a mixture of air-water flows in a 5-cm-ID horizontal pipe. the flow rate of
the water is qL = 0.707 m3/hr and that of the air is qG = 21.2 m3/hr. The physical
properties of the fluids are given as:
L = 993 kg/m3

G = 1.14 kg/m3

L = 0.68x10-3 kg/ms

G = 1.9x10-5 kg/ms

Calculate the dimensionless liquid level and all the dimensionless parameters.

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow

For horizontal, Y = 0. From the graph,

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Equilibrium Stratified Flow
Calculating the dimensionless variables:

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Stratified to Non-stratified Transition (Transition A)
Kelvin Helmholtz analysis states that the gravity and surface tension forces tend to
stabilize the flow; but the relative motion of the two layers creates a suction pressure
force over the wave, owing to the Bernoulli effect, which tends to destroy the
stratified structure of the flow.
For a inviscid two-phase flow between two-parallel plates, following is Taitel and
Duckler (1976) analysis:

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Stratified to Non-stratified Transition (Transition A)
The stabilizing gravity force (per unit area) acting on the wave

Assuming a stationary wave, the suction force causing wave growth is given

Continuity relationship

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Stratified to Non-stratified Transition (Transition A)
The condition for wave growth, leading to instability of the stratified configuration, is
when the suction force is greater than the gravity force:

Where C1 depends on the wave size:

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Stratified to Non-stratified Transition (Transition A)
For an inclined pipe, the stratified to non-stratified transition can be determined in
the similar manner.

Or:

Where

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Stratified to Non-stratified Transition (Transition A)
Approximately, c2 can be calculated as:
Then, the final criterion for the transition A is:

Equation (4) can be written in a dimensionless form:

Where

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Stratified to Non-stratified Transition (Transition A)

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Intermittent or Dispersed Bubble to Annular (Transition B)

As the flow is under non-stratified flow and if the flow has low gas and high liquid
flow rate, the liquid level in the pipe is high and the growing waves have sufficient
liquid supply from the film. The wave eventually blocks the cross sectional area of
the pipe. This blockage forms a stable liquid slug, and slug flow develops.
At low liquid and high gas flow rate, the liquid level in the pipe is low; the wave at the
interface do not have sufficient liquid supply from the film. Therefore, the waves are
swept up and around the pipe by the high gas velocity. Under these conditions, a
liquid film annulus is created rather than a slug.

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Intermittent or Dispersed Bubble to Annular (Transition B)
It is suggested that this transition depends uniquely on the liquid level in the pipe.

Thus, if the stratified flow configuration is not stable,


flow occurs. If

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0.35, transition to annular

> 0.35, the flow pattern will be slug or dispersed-bubble flow.

Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Intermittent or Dispersed Bubble to Annular (Transition B)

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Stratified Smooth to Stratified Wavy (Transition C)
This transition occurs when when pressure and shear forces exerted by the gas
phase overcome the viscous dissipation forces in the liquid phase.
Based on Jeffreys theory (1926), the initiation of the waves occurs when

In the dimensionless form, this criterion can be expressed as

Where s is a sheltering coefficient associated with pressure recovery downstream of


the wave.

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Stratified Smooth to Stratified Wavy (Transition C)
For s = 0.01, K is defined as:

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Intermittent to Dispersed-Bubble (Transition D)
This transition occurs at high liquid flow rates. The gas phase occurs in the form of
a thin gas pocket located at the top of the pipe because of the buoyanc forces. For
sufficiently high liquid velocities, the gas pocket is shattered into small dispersed
bubbles that mix with the liquid phase.
This transition occurs when the turbulent fluctuations in the liquid phase are strong
enough to overcome the net buoyancy forces, which tend to retain the gas as a
pocket at the top of the pipe.

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Intermittent to Dispersed-Bubble (Transition D)
The net buoyancy forces acting on the gas pocket (AG: gas pocket cross sec. area):

The turbulence forces acting on the gas pocket (SI: interface length):

Where v is the turbulent radial velocity fluctuating component of the liquid phase.
This velocity is determined when the Reynolds stress is first approximated by:

The wall shear stress:

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Intermittent to Dispersed-Bubble (Transition D)
Assuming that R ~ W,

The transition to dispersed bubble flow will occur when FT > FB.

Nondimensional form:
where

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Intermittent to Dispersed-Bubble (Transition D)

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Taitel and Duckler Model (1976)


Procedures for checking the flow pattern

1. Determine the equilibrium liquid level and all the dimensionless parameters
2. Check the stratified to nonstratified transition boundary.
3. If the flow is stratified, check the stratified smooth to stratified wavy transition
4. If the flow is nonstratified, check the transition to annular flow
5. If the flow is not annular, check the intermittent to dispersed bubble transition

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Flow Pattern Prediction


Example
Example: a mixture of air-water flows in a 5-cm-ID horizontal pipe. the flow rate of
the water is qL = 0.707 m3/hr and that of the air is qG = 21.2 m3/hr. The physical
properties of the fluids are given as:
L = 993 kg/m3

G = 1.14 kg/m3

L = 0.68x10-3 kg/ms

G = 1.9x10-5 kg/ms

Calculate the dimensionless liquid level and all the dimensionless parameters.

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Flow Pattern Prediction


Example

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Flow Pattern Prediction


Example

For horizontal, Y = 0. From the graph,

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Flow Pattern Prediction


Example
Calculating the dimensionless variables:

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Flow Pattern Prediction


Example
Check for stratified to non-stratified transition

The criterion is not satisfied; The flow is stable and stratified flow exists

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Two Phase Flow Modeling

Flow Pattern Prediction


Example
Check for stratified-smooth to stratified-wavy transition

The criterion is satisfied; The flow is stratified wavy.

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